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Posted in: N Korea fires two short-range ballistic missiles into Sea of Japan See in context

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said the North fired the two projectiles, presumed to be ballistic missiles, from the port city of Wonsan into the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea.

Slight correction: "...into the Sea of Japan, known in Korea as East Sea".

Always amazed how SK manages to translate their name Donghae into "East Sea" in international press releases but don't do so with the East China Sea aka in Korean as South Sea (Namhae) or the Yellow Sea aka in Korean as West Sea (Seohae).

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Posted in: Tokyo's delayed Olympics: Who pays bills for another year? See in context

How about cancelling the IOC Executive Board sole decision to move the marathon to Sapporo? This alone burded additional costs of at least 10 billion, rather 34 billion Yen according to other calculations taking side effects into consideration!

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Posted in: U.S. suspends travel from 26 European countries, excluding UK, Ireland, for next 30 days See in context

Purely political move against the Trump-abhorrent EU and its friendly neighboring countries that joined Schengen. No reason why the UK (not in Schengen but still EU free travel) with almost the same amount of people compared to the US confirmed infected on a much smaller territorry. Except passport checks there is no basic difference in EU free travel and Schengen - any EU citizen can still enter the UK without restrictions). And no bans for other Asian countries e.g. the much more affected South Korea? Naw, Trump ist just doing his business as usual, blaming others.

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Posted in: Australian politician calls for immediate review of all anime due to depictions of 'child abuse' See in context

"a person who appears to be younger than 18"

This vage description also lead to problems in other countries with this kind of law. Either the person is an adult and therefore can choose whatever eligible job to pursue - or just because of looks is not allowed to maybe star in an erotic movie? Numerous erotic stars well in their twenties might look younger than 18 to a conservative eye hence they are forbidden to do their job?

Usually this kind of vage laws were (or sometimes still are) used in communist or dictatorship countries to harass people politically.

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Posted in: 55% of visitors to Japan given no coronavirus info at hotels: survey See in context

What an odd question. Why should hotels actively inform about something not concerning the guest? Do other countries with also few cases do that? Haven't heard of any. If there was an outbreak, ok, but now?

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Posted in: Popular Japanese actress Suzu Hirose subjected to racist coronavirus comments on Instagram See in context

Well, this is the seed of populist leaders... no need to mention names, ey.

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Posted in: Japan takes second complaint to WTO over South Korean shipbuilding See in context

The pro-Korean sentiment in this paragraph speaks volumes about the "normalised" anti-Japan propaganda which is seemingly accepted as part of journalism these days. Well let's break it down shall we....

Thank you for putting it straight. Saves me some time to do it, great detailed job!

Please also contact other international news agencies to inform them about their misstatements, which are taken over unchanged by many newspapers unaware of the wrong content. Often They don't even realize they're wrong.

I had success with a couple of papers already to not just copying SK views anymore but e.g. to actually call the Sea of Japan by its name instead of East Sea and Liancourt Rocks instead of Dokdo. Sometimes you can't blame the agencies for making mistakes since SK net activists are very industrious to use any kind of publication possibility to change the view. For example in public map services like OSM, which is used as a basis for many international free map products, the Liancourt Rocks and Sea of Japan are altered to Korean names only in any language, to not even allow the Japanese name for explicitly marked Japanese textfields.

Unfortunately Japan ist too decent in this matter for decades, not able to fight back as sneaky since it simply is sincere.

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Posted in: Korean film 'Parasite' takes best picture Oscar; acting honors go to Phoenix, Zellweger, Pitt, Dern See in context

I once stumbled into this movie rather coincidentally. Now I learned it was nominated and even won, which is great - Me too, I recommend to watch this sneaky movie, the plots and twists are great.

For those who don't like subtitles don't worry, I assume a Hollywood remake will become available soon ^^;

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Posted in: Face masks scarce in Japan; resale prices soar See in context

A pharmacy near JR Shimbashi Station in central Tokyo posted a warning that it would sell each customer or group no more than two bags of surgical masks

Already too many, one pack would be sufficient. People can just go to the next store if needed more. But it would prevent becoming sold out by few.


Can wearing a medical face mask protect you against the new coronavirus?

If it's a regular surgical face mask, the answer is "no," Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious-disease specialist at Vanderbilt said.

I'd put those uneducated people more in the west. Especially there they belive it would protect them. No, the main part is to avoid infecting other people of one's own cold, and many people are aware of this! If you happen to carry (the) a (Corona) virus and you wear a mask - even just out of precaution, you helped other people most likely not to get infected.

Masks are useless, besides which the virus will get into you via your eyes and ears. People don't cover them do they?

No, but people who are infected spread the virus by caughing and sneezing. There the mask helps preventing others to get infected and usually people are aware of this. It's a courtesy to others. If everybody wore a mask, the spreading of the virus or a cold would be much less just because of helping others not to get infected.

In the west it's rather common to let everybody participate in your cold by caughing and sneezing around in the supermarket and on the trains, only sometimes using hands to cover the mouth and nose when caughing or sneezing, just to hand other people this hand afterwards... I prefer the masks!

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Posted in: How to apprehend a 'chikan' and protect women from being groped on a train See in context

Here is the video the article mentions at the end about a guy who sent a chikan flying:

As you can see: Nobody interferred. The young girls were also helpless, they caught up but didn't do anything but continue running after him when he got back up. Therefore I go with most of the comments here warning about getting involved as a foreigner - you might just shout out chikan to the others hoping somebody will do something. Personally if I saw a chikan in the act on a train and I was at least 1m away, I would call to the girl loudly if everything is ok. Then it's up to her and the chikan might stop because of the awareness of the others. If closer just try to push him away. I could advice to nothing more than that because it will be you in the end in trouble. Reasons see other comments above.

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Posted in: Panel says Fukushima water release into sea best option See in context

Like I noted before, it's nothing unusual to do this. Japan is just more open to facts compared to other nations:

More explanation from my side one can find in numerous articles' comments about this before... I'm not going to write it down again.

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Posted in: Japan to repatriate citizens from virus-hit Wuhan in chartered plane See in context

Japan isn't the only country sending "rescue flights". Heard it from France, Thailand, US, Sri Lanka... Nevertheless, it is China's decision to allow this. If there are people leaving the Wuhan quarantine area, then maybe they must wait the incubation period (which is 1-10 days, 5 medium, not exceeding 14 days) in a seperate quarantine until being allowed to proceed further. The other solution would be, people get on the plane directly and after landing in their home country quarantine takes place. Either way, a risky undertaking but up to the governments how to handle it. The worst thing they can do is to just fly them out and have no further quarantine like: If you start to feel ill, try to see a doctor (asap).

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Posted in: Japan faces decision over contaminated Fukushima nuclear plant water See in context

If the water is cleaned from radioactive particles, only tritium will be released. Like it is done by any other nuclear power plant around the world - of which some release more Bequerel than now planned at Fukushima. The undertaking is basically nothing but an image problem which of course will be exploit by some countries or people.

Here is a neutral fact report about it:

Once the release started, there will be numerous NGOs measuring the radioactivity, there will be numbers and they will be tiny - if at all sticking out of random noise - but boosted up by certain people.

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Posted in: NHK to begin simultaneous online streaming in April See in context

Really, tho, why would it? I mean if they are "broadcasting" online (streaming?) then everyone in the world with internet access can see it, so are they planning on billing everyone else as well?

I don't think so, the original news mentions something about a check so only subscribers can watch it and it should only be complementary to the broadcast: . So I don't think it could trigger a payment for everybody having internet access (within Japan). Additionally I assume it will get some kind of IP check? Anyway, trial should start from 1st of March, then we'll know more.

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Posted in: Taiwan's pro-Japan young people back Tsai's re-election See in context

Just wanted to point it out again (some here don't seem to grasp the message):

Moreover, they were taught at school about the Japanese empire's colonization and aggression before the end of World War II in a NEUTRAL manner, unlike their Korean and Chinese counterparts.

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Posted in: Nikkei ends at 29-year high in final trading of 2019 See in context

What happened to the predicted economy crash due to South Korea's actions by some commentators here? Anyway, good to know bussiness is doing fine.

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Posted in: Gov't proposes Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant water release into sea or air See in context

I must keep repeating this since otherwise some wannabe-commentator-experts will cause further stultification: Releasing the tritium water into the ocean is what other countries do for many years already, sometimes with much more becquerel than planned here. The difference is just that Japan is open about this and the other governments or operators don't shout it out from the rooftops.

Here is a very scientific article from even nuclear sceptic Germany: . Main point: "Dangerous especially for the image" and don't worry, Japan sceptics will try their best effort do fullfill this prevision.

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Posted in: S Korean envoy to Japan seeks 'comprehensive' fix to wartime issues See in context

Tom Doley

Also, a group of U.N. human rights experts said the 2015 agreement was flawed and asked Japan to address the issues.

Lol, I read it. It is mainly about discrimination against women generally an the "experts" said, it might "fall short of the demands of the survivors". Of course! For their demands it will never be enough! Remember one saying once that at least the Japanese emperor had to kneel down before her, kissing her feet and beg for forgiveness? Right on! The article also states that "the South Korean Government agreed to consider the removal of a statue commemorating the ‘comfort women’ built in front of Japan’s embassy in Seoul. Both governments agreed to refrain from accusing or criticizing each other in the international community on this issue. " Never seen anything happening into that direction. For those arguing the text reads "consider", in diplomatic terms it means "will do". The Japanese part was fullfilled as I can recall. That those "experts" are also "deeply concerned" about removing a statue - without accepting its real purpose, rather playing it down - shows that they are defenitely either not independant or have no knowledge of what they are talking about. I think the latter was proven already by others above.

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Posted in: S Korea, Japan trade barbs over who said what about salvaging intelligence deal See in context

Good morning, now that everybody had their say I can tell how it was:

SK: We demand an apology for taking us off the White List!

JP: Sorry, we can't do that.

SK: OK, thank you, see you!

JP: ... ok, cya....?

--- next day ---

SK: Horray, we won. Japan apologized to us!

JP: ...???!?

All commentators: Yey, they did, no they didn't, did too, did not...

JP: We didn't apologize!?

SK: Yes you did, you said sorry. We release a press note you did and that you are a liar, always were and we were right and you never apologized... we mean, you apologized and... who cares. The truth is ours! World, hear us poor people etc etc...


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Posted in: Gov't says it is safe to release contaminated Fukushima water into ocean See in context

I'm glad all the nuclear experts from around the world are gathered here in this forum. I agree that it would be a good move to let 3rd party officials check on the water before releasing. As mentioned in earlier discussions, La Hague or Sellafield do this on a routine basis with sometimes even more bequerel levels than at Fukushima. As this article from German public TV states: It is "Dangerous especially for the image". Here is the article via Google translate:

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Posted in: Typhoon warning from NHK 'to all foreigners' causes controversy online See in context

Once the taifun arrived there will be different and more severe problems than this useless discussion about hiragana usage. Until then the warning did its job, everybody now knows about the danger.

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Posted in: Attacker found out idol singer’s address through online image eye reflection See in context

Just out of curiosity: How did they find him 17 days later?

Is "groped" really what is called according to law ?

No, and I guarantee it's not the word the police used; remember, this is Japan. Everything here is Japanese. And news articles on this site are notorious for being translated with the flavor of the translator.

I didn't stumble over the police report but in Japanese news I read 触る which pretty much translates as groping, but the actual accusation, also mentioned in the news is 強制わいせつ致傷, which basically means sexual assault and injury. Hm, actually the JT article states that as well.

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Posted in: Tokyo ready to share info on N Korean missile with Seoul See in context

So many Japanese posters here coming up with illogical conclusions. Yet the same people go on vacation when JT reports that Japan failed to detect recent NK missiles on multiple occasions.

How can you be so sure Japan didn't really detect the NK missiles? Maybe they did and tried to keep it a secret, now with SK admitting asking for Japanese data there's proof, that JP can detect - and the data is even sensitive.

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Posted in: S Korean fighter jet patrols over islands disputed by Japan See in context

@IloveCoffe (and some others...)

Wrong, Liancourt Rocks are disputed even acknowledged by Korea as agreed on the 1965 treaty...oh wait...

Senkaku Islands are disputed also acknowledged by Japan.

Yet, both countries SK and China avoid calling the ICJ, I wonder why.

Wouldn't it be great if SK as well as China agreed on an ICJ ruling? Japan already suggested that - multiple times.

Until sanity returns back into SK politics, we must live with that. Moon is a typical politician trying to move the attention away from his failing politics and back to nationalism. All failing leaders do that. Unfortunately.

To my knowledge, Japan already acknowledged to follow any ICJ ruling. Then these matters would be over and settled - maybe also what some countries don't like to happen. Distracting from domestic politics would become more difficult for them.

And imagine, also the double or tripple Japan bashing account holders since a couple of weeks here would not be useful anymore.

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Posted in: IOC chief to confirm Japan's food products safe for Olympic participants See in context

In my opinion it seems ridiculous at all that it is necessary to additionally confirm the fact that there is no radioactive food being served. Well done, South Korea. Meanwhile the food available in Japan to me seems as one of the safest available. Just imagine some Fukushima tracing radioactivity was found during the last couple of years by any NGO in Japanese Food, what the uproar would've been. No, Japan will not let this happen, therefore any doubts about Olympic food being radioactive is just ridiculous and such accusations follow a different plan.

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Posted in: Japan fails to track N Korean missiles in recent string of launches See in context

The "problem" is quite easy to explain: SK borders NK and has additionally questionable bases in the Sea of Japan, therefore detecting a rocket launch in NK and to follow its path afterwards is comparatively easy. The problem comes with intercepting the non predictable course and here SK also "apparently" was not successful! Japan faces the additional hurdle not being able to detect a launch directly simply from its distance and not usable own land in the Sea of Japan. Low altitudes combined with irregular trajectories are difficult if not impossible to foresee. So GSOMIA can give radar information from SK to JP but if that doesn't help to defend, then what's the use? Some people apparently cannot understand the difference of detecting and tracking&forecast!

To come back to the political issue here, if JP "begged" SK to have the radar information also in the future, it would mean that SK can get through with any future breach of international binding contracts making them useless and also can broadcast to the world how right they are with everything in bashing Japan. So far SK could manage to persuade other countries or news agencies that the bilateral problems where both somehow SK's and JP's fault while putting the first move to JP although the connoisseur of facts know better. So of course SK has to somehow proudly shout out they could "detect" the missiles. Did they admit of being able to - or rather not being able to also track and forcast the course then? No, it's the same when SK papers jubilated that they won most of the WTO cases vs JP but failed to admit or even mention, that in the end the basic ruling was against them.

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Posted in: Japan wins partial WTO victory in S Korea duties case See in context

Samit Basu:

The WTO threw out 12 of 13 claims made by Japan.

Lol, not even the biased Korean newspapers could count up that much. Also they didn't go into detail. Fact is that the anti dumping tarrifs in general are wrong, the other side points where just accessory. Forgt about those side points, but what do I talk, read the report: (I recommend the full version).

The neighbors have been embroiled in a tit-for-tat trade war

Since this decision is on a case that started in 2015 (by SK) and has nothing really to do with the current development between those two countries, I wouldn't call that a tit-for-tat behavior, it's rather as a lot of tats from SK.

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Posted in: TEPCO will have to dump radioactive Fukushima water into Pacific, minister says See in context


I mean you should be fronting the reporters and concerned representatives from each country rather than sharing your gems of knowledge just here on JT..

Don't worry, I already did so and some newspapers took down the scare/blame monger article or rewrote it so it fits the actual situation especially in comparison to other disposals. I actually received some thank yous from editorial offices, especially the smaller ones which usually just take over articles from Reuters&Co - although some also pointed out they'd rather have headlines and readers and didn't change the one sided information. So don't worry, I'll do my best despite the fact it is difficult especially if you have certain countries against it which rather do anything to drag on the blame game.

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Posted in: TEPCO will have to dump radioactive Fukushima water into Pacific, minister says See in context

If the water is cleaned from radioactive particles, only tritium will be released. Like it is done by any other nuclear power plant around the world - of which some release more Bequerel than now planned at Fukushima. The undertaking is basically nothing but an image problem which of course will be exploit by some countries (for whose we all know will do enhance the blame game).

Here is a neutral fact report about it:

The other famous video from enviromental activists is excessively exaggerated. It only shows surface water, negelcting 3D and the numbers are so low it could not be even detected. It just colors the ocean on a scale like peeing in the water. They should do this with other nuclear power plants around the world, all oceans would be deeply red in a matter of seconds.

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Posted in: Japan to set up police unit to help defend disputed islets: NHK See in context

You'll notice they don't dare do this with the Russian ones.

The answer is easy: The Northern Territories (those Russian ones) are currently administered and occupied by Russia. Doing the same there would be considered an attack. The Senkaku isles are administered by Japan, therefore it is simply an act of act of guard or defense.

On the other hand, why not agree on an ICJ ruling? Japan proposed this on all its disputed isles but so far neither opponent agreed or called on it.

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